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The Cliff Colony: A Short Story (Tales of an Inconvenient War Boo...
by Emery Buxton

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March 29, 2017

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The first installment in an epic new Korean war series.<br /><br />Three Japanese teenagers are orphaned at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and survive by joining a shack colony built from scrap materials left over from the battle and from a US Army dump nearby. They live in utter poverty at the best of times. When begging and stealing are no longer enough to support them they turn to living with US servicemen.
中国近代史史料学 (博雅大学堂·历史) (Chinese Editi...
by 严昌洪

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Chinese

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308

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April 01, 2011

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《中国近代史史料学》是历史学专业教材,中国近代史专业的必备参考书。作者严昌洪有多年讲授经验。《中国近代史史料学》主要内容有史料概论、近代史料的鉴别、文史工具书、历史档案、政书奏议、报刊、方志、笔记、网络资源等,分类别讲述了研究近代史应该掌握的文献资料。
British Malaysia (edition malaysia insights - selected reprints B...
by William Eleroy Curtis

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March 28, 2017

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The American author William Eleroy Curtis (1850-1911) was a very productive writer with an output of over 30 books and countless articles. He was working as a traveling correspondent for two newspapers based in Chicago, namely The Inter-Ocean from 1873 to 1886, and the Record Herald from 1887 to his death in 1911. Curtis was widely acknowledged as a prolific expert especially for South America. His experience and interest in Latin America even led to appointments as a Secretary of the South American Commission by President Chester A. Arthur, with the rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, in 1884, Director of the Bureau of the American Republics in 1890, and Chief of the Latin American Department of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.<br /><br />In 1905, he published a book entitled "Egypt, Burma, British Malaysia" of which this e-book reprints the chapter that deals with the latter. In the original edition, these are the pages 349-372. Indeed, the section about "British Malaysia" continues until page 386, with the last 14 pages dealing with Hong Kong which is not part of this e-book, though, for obvious (geographical) reasons.<br /><br />As it is the case with so many of his contemporary writers, the view given on Malaysia and its peoples is that of a colonialist—patronizing and sometimes even impertinent. On the other hand, Curtis is objectively enough to praise the peacefulness of the inhabitants—in stark contrast to his fellow Americans: "There are more homicides in Chicago every week than there have been in Sarawak for ten years. Indeed, the record of murders throughout the entire East is much below that of Chicago or New York, while during 1903 more human lives have been taken by violence in the city of Washington, which to us represents the highest degree of civilization ever reached by man, than in all the East Indian colonies. This is not flattering to the Caucasian race, but it is a fact that the teachers of Christianity should reflect upon. We send out missionaries to teach heathen races the Gospel of Peace and Love and Brotherly Kindness, but fail to furnish examples of our ideals."<br /><br />All in all, the book provides a well-composed historical perspective of British Malaysia that contains loads of information, especially when it comes to figures. And, it sometimes surprises the reader, either with facts that he might not have expected—for instance, when he learns that the free port of Singapore in those days earned half of its revenue through tax on opium, of all the goods in the world—or with predictions that later were to be proved absolutely wrong, such as this quotation: "English officials declare that the germ of self-government does not exist in the tropical races; that the atmosphere is not conducive to the development of character in the native, and that he will never be any better than he is now." But then again, this was half a century before Malaysia became independent and later on one of the most successful economies in the world.
Dictionary of Indian biography
by Charles Buckland

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English

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March 28, 2017

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Dictionary of Indian biography 524 pages.
2017 Deterring a Nuclear-Arming North Korea: Kim Jong-un's Grand ...
by , Department of Defense (...

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March 29, 2017

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Four excellent reports about North Korea and its nuclear weapons program have been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. Contents: Deterring a Nuclear-Arming North Korea 2017; U.S. Strategy for Dealing with a Nuclear-Arming North Korea Bibliography November 2016; Challenges for Pacific Command - China's North Korea Policy: Rethink or Recharge?; North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues.<br /><br />Deterring a Nuclear-Arming North Korea 2017 - Proceedings of a major workshop with three primary aims: a) to contemplate a shift of focus from preventing and rolling back North Korea's nuclear program to one of deterring North Korean nuclear-backed aggression, b) to catalogue the instruments of influence and characterize needed deterrence capabilities, and c) to identify key analytical issues for continued focus by the analytical community. The panels covered: 1) Kim Jong Un's Grand Strategy; 2) North Korea's Nuclear Military Strategy; 3) Deterrence and Assurance in a Changed and Changing Security Environment; 4) Extended Deterrence, Escalation, and Managing Conflict; 5) Deterring North Korean Vertical Proliferation; 6) Towards an Integrated Strategic Approach.<br /><br />Challenges for Pacific Command - China's North Korea Policy: Rethink or Recharge? There has been much speculation lately about a Chinese "rethink" on North Korea. Beijing has clearly been exasperated with Pyongyang. What is going on with Beijing's Pyongyang policy? Has there actually been a reassessment of the PRC's policy toward the DPRK? Is there a military component to this policy, and what do we know about planning by China's People's Liberation Army for a Korea contingency?<br /><br />North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues - This report summarizes what is known from open sources about the North Korean nuclear weapons program—including weapons-usable fissile material and warhead estimates—and assesses current developments in achieving denuclearization. Little detailed open-source information is available about the DPRK's nuclear weapons production capabilities, warhead sophistication, the scope and success of its uranium enrichment program, or extent of its proliferation activities. In total, it is estimated that North Korea has between 30 and 50 kilograms of separated plutonium, enough for at least half a dozen nuclear weapons. North Korea's plutonium production reactor at Yongbyon has been shuttered since its cooling tower was destroyed under international agreement in June 2008. However, on April 1, 2013, North Korea said it would resume operation of its plutonium production reactor. Experts estimate it will take approximately six months to restart. This would provide North Korea with approximately one bomb's worth of plutonium per year.
North Korea: Economic Leverage and Policy Analysis - Juche Philos...
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March 29, 2017

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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. North Korea's economic straits provide one of the few levers to move the country to cooperate in attempts by the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia to halt and dismantle its nuclear program. These five countries plus North Korea comprise the "six parties" who are engaged in talks to resolve issues raised by the DPRK's development of a nuclear weapon. The Six-Party Talks are now stalled. Western leverage over the DPRK remains limited, but China, and to some extent Russia, are in a position to exert pressure on Pyongyang.<br /><br />The economy of North Korea is of interest to Congress because it provides the financial and industrial resources for the Kim Jong-il regime to develop its military and to remain in power, constitutes an important "push factor" for potential refugees seeking to flee the country, creates pressures for the country to trade in arms or engage in illicit economic activity, is a rationale for humanitarian assistance, and creates instability that affects South Korea and China in particular. The dismal economic conditions also foster forces of discontent that potentially could turn against the Kim regime—especially if knowledge of the luxurious lifestyle of communist party leaders becomes better known or as poor economic performance hurts even the elite.<br /><br />North Korea has extensive trading relationships with China and Russia and, until recently, with South Korea. U.S. and Japanese trade with North Korea since 2006 has been virtually nil except for U.S. aid deliveries. The DPRK has been running an estimated $1 billion deficit per year in its international trade accounts, which it funds primarily through receipts of foreign assistance and foreign investment as well as through exports of arms and various questionable activities.<br /><br />
U.S. Nonproliferation Policy Towards North Korea: Nuclear Program...
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March 29, 2017

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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. The United States policy for dealing with a nuclear North Korea has been a combination of containment, deterrence, and limited engagement since 1994. While this policy has prevented war on the Korean peninsula, it has not prevented North Korea from developing a nuclear program and proliferating this technology, as well as missile technology, to numerous countries not friendly to the United States. In order to stop North Korea from transferring weapons technology, the United States needs a new strategic concept. This paper will examine four options that may be used to support the element of the U.S. National Security Strategy of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.<br /><br />The United States policy for dealing with a nuclear North Korea has been a combination of containment, deterrence, and limited engagement since the enactment of the 1994 Agreed Framework. While this and earlier policies have prevented war on the Korean peninsula, such approaches have not prevented North Korea from developing a nuclear program and proliferating this technology, as well as missile technology, to numerous countries not friendly to the United States. In order to stop North Korea from transferring weapons technology, the United States needs a new strategic concept. This paper will examine four options that may be used to support the element of the U.S. National Security Strategy of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.<br /><br />The question is if current U.S. policy has prevented North Korea from developing a nuclear program and exporting its technology to other countries. The answer is no. Even though one of North Korea's demands is to be removed from the list of state sponsored of terrorism, the North has not complied by following policies that would lead to that removal. Gregory J. Moore states that "the United States did not prevent North Korea from acquiring and testing nuclear weapons, despite its deterrent strategies, its diplomatic efforts, its ultimatums, and U.S.-sponsored UN Security Council resolutions against it." There are signs that the North should comply with the non-proliferation treaty. Gregory L. Schulte writes that, "Since the first atomic bomb was assembled, 18 countries have chosen to dismantle their nuclear weapons programs. Countries such as Argentina, Libya, South Africa, and Switzerland made this decision for a variety reasons, but foremost among them was the desire to improve their international standing. Another important factor was foreign pressure, especially from the United States." However, since the 1994 Agreed Framework, North Korea has not complied with any agreements they have made. Hence, the six-party talks are an example of failed American diplomacy.<br />
Understanding and Managing North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions: DPRK ...
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March 29, 2017

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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. The February 2007 agreement reached with North Korea to shut down its nuclear reactor and give up its nuclear weapons program was heralded by many as a significant breakthrough following the shock of North Korea's nuclear weapons test in October of the previous year. This optimistic assessment, however, fails to consider the significant hurdles that will confront negotiators as they attempt to fulfill the promise of the February accord. The North Korean regime's 'hierarchy of nuclear motivations' including its perception of the security, leverage and prestige offered by the possession of nuclear weapons as well as the significant time and energies it has invested in developing a nuclear device, make an actual verifiable dismantling of this program unlikely.<br /><br />Further, the historical tendency for negotiations with North Korea to produce few positive results bodes ill for future success. Extant hurdles are further compounded by a U.S. negotiation position that heightens North Korea's security concerns, leaves little room for compromise, and has, unwittingly, encouraged North Korea's development of nuclear weapons. Without some unforeseen and dramatic change in position by either side, the ongoing negotiations regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program are unlikely to succeed in the near term. The best hope lies in gaining a complete understanding the North Korean position and developing a flexible strategy of engagement and containment. Such a strategy could address the security concerns of the Kim regime while limiting North Korea's ability to proliferate nuclear technology and providing security for the U.S. and its allies. Such an approach, however, would likely require the U.S. to set aside, at least temporarily the potentially costly and unrealistic goal of North Korean denuclearization.<br /><br />Without some unforeseen and dramatic change in the position on either side, the ongoing negotiations regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program are unlikely to succeed in the near term. The best hope for the United States lies in developing a thorough understanding the North Korea's rationale for developing nuclear weapons and developing a flexible strategy of engagement and containment that addresses the DPRK's concerns while continuing to provide security for the U.S. and its allies and limiting North Korea's ability to proliferate nuclear technology. Such a strategy may require that the U.S., for the moment, set aside the potentially costly and unrealistic goal of North Korean denuclearization until such a time as more favorable environment presents itself.<br /><br />
The Road - An Epic Novel In Four Volumes -- Volume 1 (English Ve...
by Xiang Ming

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March 29, 2017

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The Road -- An Epic Novel in four volumes covers China from 1949 to 1978, the most important three decades in modern Chinese history yet obscure and misunderstood from the outside. This is a period not open to observation from the inside by non-Chinese.<br />Set in real historical background and with solid historical facts, the novel uses stories of 3 families to reveal life of Chinese people in general under the rule of Mao Ze-dong. The novel's main characters, Liu Bu-yun, a Nationalist Army general, Qi Zhen-fei, a Communist Red Army general and Gao Shi-han, a world-renowned medical doctor, are three childhood friends. They went into different directions of life and reunited in October, 1949 at the celebration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China. They witnessed together the birth of a new country under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and Mao Ze-dong. They are determined to contribute their lives to build a prosperous and peaceful new country. However, they are confused by political movements one after another, punished by being honest and persecuted by Mao, the leader they once admired, respected, trusted and followed. <br />Xiang Ming, author of the novel, was born into a well-known family. Starting at a very young age, because of his parents' unusual background, he had great many contacts with high ranking officials from both the Nationalist Party and the Communist Party. Therefore, historical events, the social, political, economical and cultural contents of the novel and descriptions of the core leaders of both parties, their backgrounds, characteristics, habits, even their ways of talking and gestures were based on his own experience or heard from witnesses instead of being mere imagination or fabrication. As a result, the authenticity and the readability is not something comparable to a usual novel. <br /><br />This is a vast scroll of history<br /><br /> Do you want to know:<br /><br />What kind of person Mao Ze-dong really was?<br /> <br />The true scenes behind the beautiful colored curtain?<br /> <br />How the intellectual backbone of the country survived?<br /> <br />The deepest secrets in the hearts of millions of people?<br /> <br />What socialism brought to China?<br /> <br />The causes and effects of a series of political movements?<br /> <br />Which road China must take to its prosperity and strength?<br /> <br />How courageous men and women fight for justice?<br /> <br />The charming sceneries on the vast land of China?<br /> <br />The thousands of year’s morals and traditions of the descendants of the Yellow Emperor?<br /> <br />The various diverse cultures of the Chinese nation?<br /> <br />The touching tenderness of commoners of China?<br /><br />If you do, then please read this book!<br />
Efficacy of Economic Sanctions: North Korea and Iran Case Study -...
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March 29, 2017

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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. Since World War I, the popularity of using economic sanctions by western nations to influence the behavior of states not conforming to international norms has increased. The end of the Cold War renewed the zeal within the international community and unleashed a wave of new sanctions during the 1990s that earned it the "Sanctions Decade" title. Questions regarding the success of recent sanctions to influence Iraq, Haiti, Iran, and North Korea have fueled the debate among scholars and diplomats regarding the effectiveness of economic sanctions. This paper will summarize some of the key theories of economic sanctions along with criteria for successful implementation as learned from lessons. How sanctions have been applied towards Iran and North Korea will be presented along with an evaluation of their effectiveness to date. These two case studies will be examined by applying theory, practice, and historical context to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the continued use of economic sanctions to persuade North Korea and Iran to abandon their nuclear ambitions.<br /><br />Are economic sanctions useful in forcing the modification of a nation's behavior? Has globalization of the world's economies made sanctions ineffective except in minor disagreements? Are the US and UN left with only the military option to dissuade the proliferation of nuclear weapons? Unfortunately recent cases increasingly indicate that successful application of sanctions is becoming a rare outcome.<br /><br />Economic sanctions are currently the instrument of choice by western nations to influence or modify the behavior of actors deemed not meeting accepted norms set by the international community. The use of sanctions has risen to prominence exponentially since World War I, peaking in the 1990s. This paper will review the relevant theories on the application of economic sanctions as a tool of national power and their effectiveness in achieving success. The theories and lessons will be applied to analyze the effectiveness of the current sanctions imposed against Iran and North Korea in order to identify if success can be expected by maintaining the current course. The commonalities and differences between the two case studies will be highlighted and recommendations to change implementation in order to improve the possibility of success will be provided. Economic Sanction Theory Economic sanctions represent one tool available as nations exercise their instruments of national power, generally categorized in terms of diplomatic, military, informational, and economic, to influence the behavior of other actors in the pursuit of national objectives. The popularity of sanctions has risen in the twentieth century for a variety of reasons. The scar of World War I left many with a desire of never again using military force. World War II, nuclear weapons, and the Cold War provided further incentives to find other tools beside military force. Many saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, leaving the US as the sole remaining super power, as fertile ground for increased use of sanctions.

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